The Caribbean is without doubt a world-class tourist destination. The paradise palm-fringed beaches and lush landscapes, luxury hotels and the warm cultures, the freshest cuisine, superb terrains and cerulean waters, the diving spots and even places to party, the Caribbean certainly has it all. It’s a perfect holiday destination, especially after retirement.
If you’re looking for that special place to visit, untouched by tourism and crowds take a look at our 7 secret gems of the Caribbean.
Isla de Providencia, Colombia
This Colombian islet is as pristine as the day Puritans first landed on its shores. Thanks to the strict laws against large scale commercial development it remains untouched. On your visit you can join the search for the hidden treasure buried in its coves which are rumoured to be from back when it was a pirate hideout. Even if you don’t find the treasure, there’s still the soft sand, towering palm trees, and pure indigo waters for you to relax in. This corner of the world has little tourism meaning you get to experience the pure authenticity.
Carriacou (“carry-a-coo”), Grenadines
The largest of the Grenadines, Carriacou’s forest-covered hills roll all the way down to its immaculate beaches. It may be big, but much of the hilly green is virtually untouched by tourist life. Its name means ‘land of the reefs’, and it’s surrounded by great snorkelling spots. The 13 square miles are filled with humble fishing villages and sugar-mill ruins. Traditional boat building methods are still practiced on the beach and each August, sailors from all over the Caribbean come together for sailing contests, donkey and crab races, and live music on the shores of the island.
Anegada, British Virgin Islands
This is the northernmost of the British Virgin Islands, and has remained unspoilt due to its remote location. Anegada has lovely beaches and is endowed with an impressive array of wildlife, from the immaculate flamingos to the Anegada rock iguana. The lobster there is said to be the best in the Caribbean, just another reason to visit the Anegada.
Petit St. Vincent
If you want a holiday where you can relax and unwind Petit St. Vincent is the ideal place. The 115 acre private island has no phones or Internet connectivity. It’s made up of 22 seaside stone-and-timber villas and has a sumptuous tree-house spa, casual beach bar, all along the 2-mile shoreline. So, instead of posting selfies or going through your e-mails, laze under the shady hammocks, or take a dive with the Tobago Cays’ sea turtles. In case you ever need to get your Facebook fix (or phone home), there’s Wi-Fi at the hilltop restaurant and at the reception area.
Bequia, St Vincent and the Grenadines
For just a couple of hours a day and a few times a week, tourists visit the restaurants on Port Elizabeth’s harbour front and they rarely explore any further. However if you go one more block inland to the laid-back Hibiscus Bar you’ll find out where the locals spend their time.
Friendship Bay is both the loveliest and largest beach on the island and there are 2 more amazing and secluded beaches north of Friendship Bay that can only be accessed by foot: the deserted Hope Bay and Spring Bay.
Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands
This island is often overlooked in favour of the Grand Cayman and Little Cayman but the wonderfully rugged island is full of character, and offers you a truly authentic local experience. Divers will get to appreciate the beautiful coral reefs and the waters’ exceptional visibility. Meanwhile, walkers can enjoy the hiking trails crisscrossing the island’s rocky terrain.
Cat Island, Bahamas Out Islands
Located Southeast of Nassau, right next to the Tropic of Cancer, this Bahamian island is rife with everything from coral reefs and hidden coves to pristine pink beaches. There are just a couple of resorts plus a few thatched-roof tiki bars meaning you won’t be distracted from Cat Island’s natural wonders. With a mild climate and unusually warm waters, the dive sites are simply blissful. On your dives there, check out the famous Blue Hole or the Santa Maria Teresa shipwreck from the Spanish-American War. The islands secluded beaches and shallow lagoons are rarely packed with tourists (so it’s easy to find a spot for your sun bed!). Get a taste of the island’s past through colonial ruins such as the beautifully frescoed St. Francis of Assisi Church and the Deveaux House.
These 7 secret gems of the Caribbean are perfect for those who want a serene and private holiday, and adventurers who want to discover the untouched beauty of the Caribbean.
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